April in the Archipelago!

Dear friends!

We are excited to announce our upcoming tour in the Finnish archipelago!

On April 4th, Clyde Wilder and Malin Grahn-Wilder invite the audience at Åland Islands on a historical journey through the development of jazz from West Africa to the U.S., through plantations to juke joints and ballrooms. The journey continues all the way to the Nordic countries, where during the glory days of Charleston and other jazz crazes, people created their own variations of movements that have a long history in the African diaspora.

At the end of the show, the audience will get the change to learn some fun and rhythmical jazz dance steps with the performers in an introductory workshop.

The show is hosted by Nordens Institute på Åland, and performed together with the Åland-based jazz band Red Beans & Rice.

Join the rhythmical and dancing journey at NIPÅ’s Kulturklubben on April 4th 2016, starting at 7 PM at Alandica Kultur & Kongress, Strandgatan 33, 22100 Mariehamn.

More info:

http://www.nipa.ax

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On April 8th, we welcome you to the Saari residence in the beautiful Turku Archipelago. Malin Grahn-Wilder and Clyde Wilder’s lecture-demonstration “Freedom Movement” explores emotions and movement in the African American dance tradition.

Jazz is often called ‘freedom music’ because of the space it opens for the musician’s own freedom of expression. The same holds for the traditional jazz dance, which is at the same time individual and connecting, enabling an immediate communication between the dancers. The lecture-demonstration shows how still today, the language of jazz unites people over cultural and racial differences.

Freedom Movement at Saari residence, Saaren rantatie 21, 23140 Hietamäki, on April 8th, 6-7 PM.

We look forward to swinging in the archipelago!

Meet us on the restaurant day 15.11. at Theater Museum and Bokvillan!

Lauantai 15.11. on tanssia täynnä! Lisäksi silloin vietetään ravintolapäivää ja tanssin lisäksi pääsee nauttimaan myös kahvion herkuista!

Klo 13 Jazzin heijastuksia – rytmillinen tanssimatka Teatterimuseolla. Koko perheen tanssiesitys, missä yleisönkään ei tarvitse istua hiljaa! Lähde mukaan rytmilliselle tanssimatkalle Afrikkaan ja sieltä Yhdysvaltoihin ja halki jazzin vuosikymmenten. Vapaa pääsy! Sopii 3 v. ylöspäin.

http://www.teatterimuseo.fi/ajankohtaista/tapahtumakalenteri/jazzin-heijastuksia/

Klo 17 alkaen House Rent Party – hyväntekeväisyystanssiaiset idyllisessä Bokvillanin huvilassa Arabianrannassa. Tanssiesityksiä sekä Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Society ry:n perinteiset teetanssiaiset. Tänä vuonna kiinnitämme huomiota kodittomuuteen kansainvälisenä ongelmana ja luovutamme tapahtuman tuotot Punaiselle Ristille.

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Saturday 15.11. is full of dancing! It is also the restaurant day and you can enjoy tea, coffee and tea with the dances!

1 PM: Reflections of Jazz at Theater Museum. A dance show and work shop for the entire family. The show takes you on a rhythmical journey to Africa and from there to the United States, and guides you through the golden decades of jazz. The audience does not have to sit still: the performers needs your help to create rhythms and, at the end, to join the dance with them. From 3 years of age.

From 5 PM: House Rent Party – charity ball at the idyllic Bokvillan in Arabia, Helsinki. Dance performances and the traditional tea dance ball by Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Society ry. This year we pay attention to homelessness as a global problem and donate all the profits to the Red Cross of Finland.

Tervetuloa! Molempiin tapahtumiin vapaa pääsy!
Welcome! Free entrance to both events!

Jazzin heijastuksia – rytmillinen tanssimatka

Heittäydy rytmien ja tanssiliikkeiden matkaan! Loka-jouluukussa tarjoamme kolme koko perheen tanssiesitystä Helsingissä.

 

Kautta aikojen, ihmiset ovat juhlistaneet elämän tärkeitä tapahtumia tanssimalla. Rytmien ja tanssiliikkeiden kautta voi ilmaista tunteitaan ja muodostaa yhteisön toisten kanssa. Tanssiessa toista voi ymmärtää ilman yhteistä kieltäkin.

 

Matkusta tanssiskelin jazzin rytmien synnyinsijoille! Koko perheen esitys vie rytmiselle matkalla Afrikkaan ja sieltä Yhdysvaltoihin ja halki jazzin vuosikymmenten. Tanssijat Clyde Wilder (USA) ja Malin Grahn-Wilder (Fin) loihtivat henkiin länsiafrikkalaiset perinteiset tanssiaskelet sekä jazzin kultakausien muotitanssit: iloisen Charlestonin, vauhdikkaan lindy hopin, tunnelmallisen bluesin ja rytmikkään stepin. Katsojienkaan ei tarvitse istua hiljaa: esiintyjät tarvitsevat yleisön apua rytmien taputtamisessa, rummuttamisessa ja laulamisessa! Lopuksi yleisö kutsutaan myös mukaan tanssimaan ja opettelemaan perinteisen yhteisötanssi ”Ison Omenan” (Big Apple) helppoja ja hauskoja askeleita.

 

Esitys ja työpaja ovat suomenkielisiä ja sopivat kaikille 3-vuotiaasta lähtien.

 

1. Esitys perjantaina 17.10.2014 klo 10 Teatterimuseolla, osana Hop Helsinki Tanssifestivaalin ohjelmistoa. Vapaa pääsy! Mukaan mahtuu saapumisjärjestyksessä.

http://tanssintalo.fi/hophelsinki2014/en/#oheisohjelma

 

2. Esitys lauantaina 15.11.2014 klo 13 Teatterimuseolla. Osa Ravintolapäivän ohjelmaa. Vapaa pääsy!

http://www.teatterimuseo.fi/ajankohtaista/tapahtumakalenteri/jazzin-heijastuksia/

 

3. Esitys sunnuntaina 7.12.2014 asukas- ja kulttuuritalo Kääntöpaikalla. Esitys klo 16, jonka jälkeen klo 17 alkavat vuoden viimeiset teetanssit!

 

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English version:

Reflections of Jazz – A rhythmical journey in dance

Reflections of jazz, a performance for the entire family takes you on a rhythmical journey to Africa and from there to the United States, and guides you through the golden decades of jazz. The audience does not have to sit still: the performers needs your help to create rhythms and, at the end, to join the dance with them. Come and experience the storytelling through steps and rhythms, and explore the joy of dancing!

The performance and workshop are suitable for everybody starting from 3 years of age, and are conducted in Finnish and English, but all the parts will translated into Finnish.

Performed and taught by dancers Clyde Wilder (USA) and Malin Grahn-Wilder (Fin).

1. Performance at Theater Museum, Helsinki, on Friday October 17th at 10 AM. A part of the program the Hop Helsinki 2014 Dance Festival:

http://tanssintalo.fi/hophelsinki2014/en/#oheisohjelma

2. Performance at Theater Museum, Helsinki, on Saturday November 15th at 1 PM. A part of the program of the Restaurant day.

http://www.teatterimuseo.fi/ajankohtaista/tapahtumakalenteri/jazzin-heijastuksia/

3. Performance at cultural house Kääntöpaikka, Intiankatu 1, on Sunday December 7th. Show at 4 PM, after which we will celebrate the last tea dance of the year!

Jazz Dance Ball: The Groove of New Orleans

11. lokakuuta tanssin taika täyttää Kulttuuriareena Glorian, kun Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Company tuo Suomeen “The Groove of New Orleans” –esityksen!

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Ilta alkaa säihkyvällä tanssiesityksellä, jossa tanssijamme Malin Grahn (Fin) ja Clyde Wilder (USA) esittelevät Punavuoressa Yhdysvaltain etelän perinteisiä tanssityylejä huippuluokan jazzorkesterin säestämänä. Yhtye saapuu New Orleansista esittelemään maailmanlaajuisesti tunnettua musiikkiperinnettään suomalaiselle yleisölle. Lavashown jälkeen permannon tuolit siirtyvät syrjään ja yleisö pääsee koko loppuyön ajaksi tanssimaan livejazzin sekä Dj Fiona Timantin (Fin) levylaukun sisällön tahtiin!

Liittykää siis kanssamme musiikin ja tanssin paraatiin! Erikoishintainen ennakkolippu on mahdollista vielä tänään hankkia Mesenaatti -sivuston kautta. Tämän jälkeen liput tulevat myyntiin Lippu.fi palvelussa.

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Come dance the night away at Gloria Cultural Arena as the Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Company introduces Finland to ”The Groove of New Orleans”! Get the night started with a jazz dance performance featuring Malin Grahn (FIN) and Clyde Wilder (USA) who will bring Punavuori a sample of the legendary dance steps of the American south, while backed up by a live jazz band bringing the sounds that made New Orleans an international haven for live music! Then, watch as the seats clear, the dancefloor fills in and the band and DJ Fiona Timantti (FIN) fill the autumn air with southern jazz and swing!

So join us in the joyous parade of music and dancing! There is still one day left to purchase your pre-sale special price ticket through Mesenaatti!  After that you can get your tickets through Lippu.fi.

Jazz Dance Ball: The Groove of New Orleans

11.10.2014, showtime klo 20:00

Kulttuuriareena Gloria, Pieni Roobertinkatu 12

Swinging with kids – multicultural arts-in-education through traditional jazz dance

by Malin Grahn

The latest Kuohu -newspaper featured my article on the after school dance program I teach with my dance partner Clyde Wilder at the community cultural center Kääntöpaikka. You can read the Finnish version of the article “Swingin sykettä ja tanssillista tarinankerrontaa” (“The Beat of Swing and Stortytelling Through the Dance”) online.

In this program, we have worked with traditional jazz movements and rhythms, and the children have learnt rhythmical and fun dances from the African American tradition like the Shim Sham and the Big Apple. They learnt both choreography and improvisation, vernacular material and to create their own art works through the dance.

The dance also connects to many philosophical themes: coming in terms with one’s own emotions, finding one’s own creativity and self-expression, being able to be creative together and support the creativity in others. In the classes, the children work in groups to  create their own choreographies. Last winter, our fantastic young dancers performed at the charity ball House Rent Party (16.11.2013) and at our end-of-the-season Tea Dance Party in the beautiful cultural and neighborhood house Bokvillan. Many amazed parents and other members of the audience came to talk to me after the performances, and asked: “Were the choreographies really created by the children themselves?” Yes, they were.

Many people also commented the precision and excellence in jazz rhythms that the children mastered. Indeed, it is inspiring to see how much the kids enjoy dancing to the swing songs from the earlier part of the 20th century. They have developed their own taste in jazz, too, and some songs have become really popular in the class and are requested over and over again. One of the favorites is Lionel Hampton’s “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop”, which the kids sing with their own lyrics: “Hei, mä oon rikas!” (Hey, I’m rich!).

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Kääntöpaikka’s school children’s group performed traditional jazz dances at the House Rent Party (16.11.2013) to a room full of enthused audience. Photographer: Aura Vapaametsä.

During the Spring, it has been clear that our young dancers really enjoy working on their own little dance stories and choreographies. I really look forward our Spring Party and Tea Dances at Kääntöpaikka on May 4th, where the Kääntöpaikka after school program will perform again and present their own creations. Which, I promise, are truly amazing!

A few quotes from the article:

“One of the most wonderful experiences in teaching the after school program is to encounter the children’s unique and individual creativity that stems from a focused and open mind and shared enthusiasm.”

”It makes me happy see how immediately the kids react to the uplifting rhythms of swing. They feel a strong connection to the movements of the African American dance tradition, and the swing music from the early 20th century does not sound as distant to their ears. In the class it is easy to see how dance can help to overcome artificial boundaries. By dancing to jazz and swing the kids can participate into a cultural tradition, that was created on the other side of the world but still feels close to them and connects to many of their familiar everyday experiences.”

“And finally: while dancing one can just be oneself. As a group, we can share the movement of the dance and the pulse of the music, but each of us can dance as the unique individual she or he is. As one of the kids from the group crystallizes it: ‘It is fun that in this class not everybody has the to be the same.’”

Read the entire article (only in Finnish) under this link (1/2014, p. 9):

During the spring, me and Clyde have also been teaching multicultural arts-in-education work shops in traditional jazz dance at the International Cultural Center Caisa, both for school and Kindergarten Groups. It has been an extremely inspiring experience to teach these classes, and I have been happy to see all the enthusiasm, learning experiences and pure joy of dancing in the classes.

I am also very proud that the wonderful class from Kaisaniemi elementary school we worked with in the 5×2 –program at Caisa will perform our choreography “Swing Classics” on the International Day of Dance, April 29th. There will be two performances at the Kaisaniemi school (Kaisaniemen ala-aste), 17:30 and 19:00. Tickets at the door (adults 6 euros, children 4 euros).

I don’t want to reveal too much, but I can assure that they will rock the house with their extremely energetic, rhythmical and uplifting performance! I look forward seeing them on stage!

 

Koululaisten tanssiryhmien esitykset / Performance times for our school children’s groups:

Tanssin juhla @ Kaisaniemen ala-aste ti 29.4. klo 17:30 ja 19

Teetanssit & kevätkauden päättäjäiset Kääntöpaikalla 4.5. klo 17-20

 

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Happy International Day of Dance!

I am very proud to have the pupils of Kaisaniemi ala-aste perform my and Clyde Wilder’s choreography “Swing Classics” in the International Day of Dance -performances at their school.

During this spring, with this group, we have been working on many classic elements of traditional jazz from the 1930’s and ’40’s. The class has learnt traditional jazz steps and routines, partner dancing (swing) and tap. For example, they have learnt the classic tap routine “The Shim Sham”, which we have practiced without tap shoes. But even in the barefooted version, the young dancers express incredible sense of rhyhtm and syncopation!

The choreography “Swing classics” has elements of all of these different expressions of traditional jazz that we have worked on together. My co-operation with this group started in the multicultural arts-in-education program at the International Cultural Center Caisa, and I am very proud that our work together has produced such a beautiful outcome as this performance.

Here’s a picture from the show. Jazzy rhythm and good feeling – these are fundamental elements of jazz that the group expressed in their performance.

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 Photo: Malin Grahn